Catching up with friends is always special even if it is only manageable at times for a weekday lunch. Hence, for this lunchtime, it needed to be somewhere central.
Just off the busy Euston Road and behind the office buildings, lies a quiet area of Regents Place. This is home to Giovanni Rana’s restaurant; the only UK restaurant of this famous pasta chef.
There are other items on the menu apart from the pasta, and these include meat, fish and salads. Usually, I’m not a big pasta person, but I felt on this occasion, it would be just wrong not to have it. So then it was a choice between a normal pasta dish and the filled tortellini.
Tempting as the mushroom ravioli dish, Ravioli al Porcini sounded, I decided to go for the Trofiette al Pesto. This dish was made of thin fresh pasta twists. The pasta was cooked al dente so that it was still quite firm. The pasta was coated in a basil pesto sauce and topped with spoonfuls of ricotta cheese and sundried tomatoes. There was a real freshness about this dish and the flavours worked well together.
Giovanni Rana Ristorante has a lovely outdoor dining area made up of wooden seating. The interior of the restaurant consists of tables and chairs, but there are also high chairs by the counters and along some of the walls.
The staff gave service with a smile and were friendly. They were attentive and it was nice that they gave a thorough description of the specials dishes.
Giovanni Rana Ristorante, 17-19 Triton Street, Regents Place, London, NW1 3BFRating: